Supreme Court to Hear Case on Obstruction of the Tax Code

The Supreme Court this week announced that it will hear the case of Carlo Marinello, II v. United States next fall.  The Supreme Court granted Mr. Marinello’s petition for a writ of certiorari after considering it in conference on June 26, 2017, the Court’s last day of the summer session.  […]

Criminal Prosecutions on Tax Day: “If this is the law, nobody is safe”

Tax Day is just behind us, marking the ceremonial American tradition of waiting to the last minute to electronically file a Form 1040 in the hopes of receiving a tax refund (or maybe that is just me). This year alone, the IRS expects to process approximately 150 million tax returns.  […]

A Warrantless Phone Search, A Dangerous Precedent

Washington D.C. – Cause of Action Institute (“CoA Institute”) today filed an amicus curiae brief in support of Defendant Hamza Kolsuz who in February, 2016 was arrested at a Virginia airport attempting to board a plane bound for Istanbul, Turkey. At the time of his arrest, U.S. Department of Homeland […]

Doing the Time Without Doing the Crime

Imagine that you are the CEO of large food producer, and you are notified out of the blue that your company is responsible for a salmonella outbreak possibly affecting thousands of people around the country.  If I were that CEO, I would be worried for those who were affected and […]

Supreme Court Restrains The Government: A Financial Fraud Law Does Not Criminalize Undersized Fish

The Supreme Court ruled that John Yates, a commercial fisherman, could not be prosecuted under a financial-fraud law for catching undersized red grouper.

Cause of Action Signs Letter of Support for Amending Rule on Judiciary Committee Jurisdiction

Cause of Action joined ten organizations in support of the proposed amendment to the Rules of the House of Representatives that would clarify the jurisdiction of the Committee on the Judiciary by adding “criminalization” to the Committee’s legislative jurisdiction. Bipartisan Support for Amending Rule on Judiciary Committee Jurisdiction by Cause of […]

National Law Journal: Post-Enron Law Snags Fisherman

Yates finds support in briefs from the Chamber, NACDL, the Cato Institute, Pacific Legal Foundation, Cause of Action, former Rep. Michael Oxley of Ohio and 18 criminal law professors.